Sunday, December 28, 2014

Orders Of Canada

From the G & M:
"Bob Cole, Mark Carney among 95 new Order of Canada appointments"

They have tasted Grey Cup victory, piloted the country’s banking system through economic upheaval, sketched an internationally beloved cartoon turtle, called the greatest goal in hockey history and, to a person, worked to improve the country in ways great and small. Rideau Hall announced 95 new appointments to the Order of Canada on Friday. As usual, the list contains a balance of luminaries and relative unknowns whose lives, taken together, tell the story of a nation. For every legendary sports figure like broadcaster Bob Cole or football coach Wally Buono, there is a Thomas Jon Harle, who provides free dental services to homeless and vulnerable people in Ottawa and around the world. For every celebrity bureaucrat like Mark Carney, there is a Brenda Clark, illustrator of the internationally beloved Franklin the Turtle books. And for every captain of industry like Bell CEO and president George Cope, there is a Diane Morin, whose psychology research is devoted to people with intellectual disabilities. Whether by design or accident, the recent appointments are uniquely qualified in three fields: mental health, medical research and cultural promotion. The Order recognized Catherine Zahn, president and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Michael Phillips, a pioneering suicide researcher, Lisa Brown, founder of an arts organization devoted to people with mental-health issues, and Mr. Cope, who launched Bell’s “Let’s Talk” campaign devoted to destigmatizing mental health. Twelve appointees were chosen for breakthrough health research, including Laurence Klotz, who developed the active monitoring approach to prostate cancer that is emulated around the world, and Julio Montaner, a pioneer in the use of antiretroviral therapy to treat HIV/AIDS.Artists and their benefactors make up the biggest cohort on the list, with 19 spots earned by the likes of singer Chantal Kreviazuk and her husband, Raine Maida, frontman of the band Our Lady Peace. The latest Order of Canada announcement concludes the official honours handed out by the Governor-General for 2014, a year that has seen first responders in Moncton and Lac-M├ęgantic recognized for work during tragedies in both communities and decorations of bravery handed out to search-and-rescue technicians involved in a daring, tragic Arctic Ocean rescue in 2011.

^ It's important for a country to recognize the people that help make the country a great nation. Canada has the Order of Canada. ^

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